Des Moines Symphony Announces 2013-2014 Season!

March 18, 2013

Joseph Giunta, Music Director & Conductor
Richard L. Early, Executive Director
The Temple for Performing Arts ● 1011 Locust Street, Suite 200 ● Des Moines, IA 50309

Date: March 18, 2013

Contact: Sophia S. Ahmad, Director of Marketing & Public Relations ● 515.280.4000, ext. 4011 ●


DES MOINES  – The Des Moines Symphony has announced its exciting 2013-2014 Anniversary Season! The season celebrates Joseph Giunta’s 25th Season as Music Director & Conductor of the Des Moines Symphony and kicks off July 3 with the Des Moines Symphony’s 20th Yankee Doodle Pops and continues Sep 14 & 15 with the first of seven pairs of Masterworks concerts.

“In planning this season, I have thought a lot about what defines my personal goals as an artist, and I have chosen pieces that reflect the rich talents of the Orchestra – pieces that keep audiences engaged, excited and ready to expect the unexpected,” said Joseph Giunta.

“Having been mentored and given opportunities during my career by some of the world’s great conductors, I have chosen repertoire I studied with them years ago and invited some of today’s most gifted young soloists to give them an important opportunity in Des Moines.”

Season highlights include:

  • After overwhelming response to his unforgettable performances in 2011, Joseph Giunta has invited Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev back to perform Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto. Plus, Gramophone’s youngest ever double-award winner and British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, makes his Des Moines Symphony debut in Saint-Saens’  Second Piano Concerto. Bella Hristova, described as possessing a  “commanding stage presence” and “expressive nuance,” performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in the same concert that Joseph Giunta conducts the Orchestra in Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony.
  • Joseph Giunta has incorporated some of his favorite pieces from his early seasons at the Des Moines Symphony, including Rachmaninoff’s immortal Symphony No. 2, Dvorák’s uplifting Eighth Symphony and the Suite from “Der Rosenkavalier,” which features some of the repertoire’s most moving melodies and rich orchestrations.
  • For Valentine’s Day weekend, experience live the iconic American music of George Gershwin, featuring Grammy Award-winning soprano Sylvia McNair performing classics like Summertime, S’Wonderful, I’ve Got Rhythm and Gershwin pianist Kevin Cole in Rhapsody In Blue. That, and tap dancer Ryan van den Boom, plus rarely-seen footage of the Gershwin family on a giant screen make this a must-see concert event.
  • Beyond the Score: The Planets – Other Worlds? is our fourth collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and explores this great piece of music like never before, with stunning footage on a giant screen, plus actors and a narrator.
  • Our annual New Year’s Eve Pops spectacular, which continues to sell out year after year, will wow once again with The Hit Men – featuring the original members of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.



2013-2014 subscription packages guarantee the best seats for Masterworks concerts. Subscriptions may be purchased at, by calling 515.280.4004 or in person, 9a-5p at the Civic Center Ticket Office (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines) and at any remaining concert of the 2012-2013 season. Subscribers also have first access to special events (New Year’s Eve Pops: The Hit Men – The Real ‘Jersey Boys’ and the Viewing Party for Yankee Doodle Pops).


2013-2014 Masterworks concerts, 7:30 p.m. Saturdays & 2:30 p.m. Sundays at the Civic Center (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines IA, 50309):

Sep 14 & 15: Season Debut: From Russia With Ilya

Oct 19 & 20: Scottish Fantasy & Rosenkavalier

Nov 16 & 17: Beyond the Score: The Planets – Other Worlds?

Feb 15 & 16: Romantic Rhapsody In Blue – The Gershwin Experience

Mar 15 & 16: The Moldau & Dvorak

Apr 12 & 13: Giunta conducts Beethoven: Eroica

May 10 & 11: Season Finale: Brahms 1 & Grosvenor Plays Saint-Saens


Visit for complete season details and for 2013-2014 Season high resolution photos.


For questions or to interview Joseph Giunta, please contact Sophia S. Ahmad at or 515.280.4000, ext. 4011. Visit us at and
The Des Moines Symphony is a not-for-profit, full-service professional orchestra formed in 1937 to enrich, educate and entertain the community by performing great orchestral music. The Symphony Association, governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and operating on an annual  budget of more than $2.4 million, supports the Symphony Academy and its numerous music education programs including three youth orchestras, and supports the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra which performs seven pairs of Masterworks concerts, the traditional pops performance on New Year’s Eve, education, outreach and family concerts,  and other special events in its home at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. The Des Moines Symphony also produces and performs the annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert in July on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol, which last year attracted more than 100,000, the largest single day attendance of any concert event in the State.  -DMSO-